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Central RED Society to Present “Expanding Emergency Food Access – Thinking Beyond Food Pantries”

Featured: Central RED Society to Present “Expanding Emergency Food Access – Thinking Beyond Food Pantries”

March 10, 2022

Written by Hailey Hunter ’24

Central College’s Central RED Society will present “Expanding Emergency Food Access – Thinking Beyond Food Pantries” with Aubrey Alvarez, on Tuesday, March 22, in the Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room in Graham Annex on Central’s campus.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 and a cash bar will be available.

With hundreds, if not thousands, of food pantries and free meal sites throughout Iowa, how are 1 in 5 children and 1 in 8 adults still food insecure? During this session, Alvarez will explore opportunities available within every rural, suburban and urban community to put more quality food where individuals and families are already located.

Alvarez is co-founder and executive director of Eat Greater Des Moines, a nonprofit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa. Eat Greater Des Moines unites the community in providing quality food access for all through connection, advocacy and collaboration. Alvarez graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in health promotion and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.

Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) is a volunteer-driven, lifelong learning and social organization with an abiding partnership with Central alumni and friends who wish to share knowledge, talents and experiences. Members pay $20 annually to join Central RED. No affiliation with Central is required to join. For more information, visit central.edu/red or contact Mary Benedict at benedictm@central.edu or 641-628-7641.